Remember the old lady from 'Titanic'? Here's how she looked when she was young

Aby Rivas
Nov 15, 2018
05:14 P.M.
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Gloria Frances Stuart, the actress who gave life to the old version of Kate Winslet’s Rose in “Titanic,” was once one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood on its Golden Era.


Stuart was not only an excellent actress but also a visual artist and an environmental and politic activist. Her career spanned seven decades, and she had credits in more than 60 films and TV titles. She was also one of the co-founding members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League.



Despite having such a prolific career from an early age, it was her appearance on James Cameron’s record-breaking film “Titanic” that introduced her to a new generation. Stuart’s interpretation as 101-year-old survivor Rose Dawson Calvert earned her the recognition of millions of people across the globe.


The film, released in 1997, made a permanent impact in the history of cinema by breaking every record in the industry in its day, becoming one of the most awarded movies ever made and launching its leading actors, Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet to unmatched fame.

Gloria’s performance in the super production received the praise of both the critics and the media, and she earned major nominations in the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, taking home the “Best Supporting Actress” SAG award.


Stuart’s passion for acting began in high school, where she took part in several school productions. Later, after attending the University of California, Berkeley, she started to make appearances in local theater productions.


In 1932, she signed a film contract with the prestigious movie studios Universal Pictures, and she made her debut on the big screen at age 22, on the horror film “The Old Dark House.” The actress went on to appear in other classic films such as The Invisible Man”, “Gold Diggers,” “The Love Captive,” “My Favorite Year,” and “Roman Scandals,” to name a few.

Apart from her remarkable talent and charisma on screen, Stuart was considered one of the most beautiful actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Era.



The peak of her career was in the 1930’s and early 1940’s, and then, she decided to walk away from acting and dedicate her life to art. For the next three decades, Stuart worked as a fine printer and made paintings, serigraphy, miniature books, Bonsai, and decoupage.


Then, in 1975, she returned to acting, taking on minor roles on several TV series and short movies from friends. She incurred on the book designing and printing industry and balanced her work with acting until 1996, where she was approached to do “Titanic.”

What followed after the film was a whirlwind of TV appearances for the senior actress. To this day she remains as the oldest nominee in the Academy Award’s “Best Supporting Actress” category.


Stuart went on to turn 100 years old in 2010 despite battling lung cancer for six years.


The romantic movie that makes everyone cry with their sad love story has inspired books, short films, costumes, comedy skits, and even proposals. The most recent Titanic inspired proposal has been melting hearts all over social media for the last week.


On Saturday, Jeremy Brown, from Houston, Texas, asked his girlfriend of six years, Mori Madrid, to marry him in a perfectly staged scene like out of the famous movie. The proposal took place at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, and Brown had every detail down to perfection.


He wore a tuxedo like the one Leo DiCaprio’s Jack wore in the movie, had a replica of the sapphire and crystal “Heart of the Ocean” necklace made for Madrid, and made sure she was dressed up as well for the occasion.

According to what Brown said to Fox 17, Madrid though she would be going a fancy ball, but before going out, he presented her with a blindfold and delivered one of the film’s famous lines: “Do you trust me?”



Madrid had no idea where she was, as an event coordinator named Christina guided her through a foyer of the ship’s replica with the soundtrack of the film in the background. “I heard the music come on and thought 'this is so beautiful.' Once I opened my eyes I would be looking for Jeremy[.] I just wanted him close,” Madrid told Fox 17.

After removing the blindfold, Madrid’s “Jack” was waiting for her at the top of the staircase. She approached him under the eye of a dozen witnesses as Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” played in the background.

First, Brown presented the necklace and put it on Madrid’s neck, and after she turned around, he knelt as proposed. She said yes, of course.


“It was almost like being in the movie yourself. It was just amazing. It just made me feel like the movie,” Madrid said. “It was so beautiful and unique; this was so above!”

The video of the proposal has earned over 2.9 million views, 22k comments, and 42k shares.


The unmatched success of the James Cameron’s film revived the world’s obsession with the infamous ship in an unprecedented way, and it might be the impulse behind the project to create a replica of the sunken giant.

After the developments of the new “Titanic” were interrupted in 2015, an estimated date for the ship’s maiden voyage has been announced. The “Titanic II” might be sailing from Dubai to New York in 2022.